One of his devotions was his daily visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Those
saints, who were characterized by their fervent propagation of the faith, inspired him special devotion. Such were Saint Gregory
the great who did great things although poor in health; Saint Theresa of Avila, treasure of strength and profound writer;
Saint Thomas Aquinas, called the Angel of the School; Saint Charles Borromeo, tireless reformer of the clergy, and Saint Philip
Neri, zealous spiritual director of youth.
He always trusted in the special power of prayer, especially when made by
the smaller boys. For them, he instituted the Continuous Prayer in the schools. He offered them the examples of the children
who suffered martyrdom for the Lord or had been examples of chastity, like Saint Thomas Aquinas. He celebrated the liturgical
days of such Saints with general communion.
But his most special devotion was for the Blessed Mother. He prayed the Rosary
daily and recommended the same of his sons.He put her name on the emblem of the Order. He composed a simple and sublime prayer which is a summary of the Catholic
Faith, called THE CROWN OF THE TWELVE STARS. He assured that he had never prayed to the Blessed Mother with
the Crown, without receiving what he had asked for.
I want our students to say this prayer every day so that Mary will protect
them during their lifetime and at the hour of their death.
He wanted every task completed with
the invocations called
Sub Tuum Praesidium:
We fly to your patronage, o holy Mother
of God. Despite not our petitions in all our necessities, but from all kind of dangers always deliver us, o ever Blessed Virgin.